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Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans News

Suzuki reports 67% surge in new-vehicle sales in 2021

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2022 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) saw 67% growth in new-vehicle sales in 2021 as it delivered 27 583 new vehicles to customers, the highest on record for the local arm of the Japanese car manufacturer. SASA reported new-vehicle sales of 16 527 units for 2020. The same year also saw SASA breach the... 

Automechanika postponed to June

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 Messe Frankfurt South Africa has decided postpone Automechanika Johannesburg & Futuroad from March this year to June. “After having engaged with our exhibitors and partners in the automotive aftermarket industry, the unanimous feedback has been that the timeline to June will allow for sufficient... 

KLT wants to diversify, expand in SA, says new CEO 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 The KLT Group aims to diversify its business in South Africa following the completion of its large-volume contract with Ford South Africa later this year. KLT’s contract with Ford for the local production of the chassis assembly for the current Ranger bakkie will come to an end in 2022, confirms... 

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KLT SA CEO Ashok Thakur

Moove rolls into Kenya, broadens vehicle finance to bikes and trucks 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Africa mobility fintech company Moove has launched operations in Nairobi, Kenya, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.  To expand the company’s vehicle and product offerings to customers, the company has partnered with Uber to allow ride-hailing and delivery drivers to... 

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A Moove motorcycle taxi (Boda Boda)

Al Attiyah, Baumel win Dakar 2022 in SA-built Hilux 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel have won the 2022 Dakar rally in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux. Al Attiyah and Baumel led the 4 000 km two-week race across the Saudi Arabian Desert from start to finish, ultimately winning the race by 27 minutes from Sebastien Loeb and Fabian... 

Image of Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux
Nasser Al Attiyah and Mattieu Baumel in their South African-built Gazoo Toyota Hilux

Kenya's new car sales rebound in 2021 on economic recovery

By: Reuters     13th January 2022 New car sales in Kenya jumped by a quarter in 2021 as economic growth rebounded from a pandemic-induced slump the previous year, driving up demand, the industry association said on Thursday. The East African nation is a small market for new vehicles due to limited purchasing power, which leaves... 

Court declares AARTO Amendment Act unconstitutional  

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 The High Court has declared the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act, on which the planned demerit system for traffic offences is based, unconstitutional and invalid. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) challenged the constitutional validity of AARTO... 

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Toyota SA does it again – sales leader for 42nd year with market share at 25.4% 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) last year marked 42 years – out of 61 years in the local market – as the best-selling automotive brand in South Africa, while it also recorded a remarkable market share of 25.4%, up from the 23.7% of 2020. This means that one in every four vehicles sold locally... 

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The Hilux is once again South Africa's top selling vehicle

Full EVs 65% of all new-car sales in Norway; in SA its 0.2%, hybrids included  

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA) reports that the Scandinavian country set a new record for electric vehicle (EV) sales in 2021, with 64.5% of all new cars sold fully electric. The association says last year turned out to be the year “EV sales skyrocketed in Norway, where... 

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The Tesla Model 3

New-vehicle sales up 22.1%, exports pummelled by civil unrest, Transnet cyberattack 

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2022 New-vehicle sales rebounded strongly in the domestic market in 2021, gaining 22.1% to reach 464 122 units for the year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows a 29.2% drop in 2020, in a year where sales were heavily impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

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BMW proposes the prospect of on-the-fly vehicle colour changes  

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 BMW this week unveiled the iX Flow featuring E Ink at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. The Munich-based premium car manufacturer is offering the prospect of a future technology that uses digitisation to adapt the exterior of a vehicle to different situations and individual wishes.  

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When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration

Mercedes-Benz unveils its vision for electric mobility – a 1 000 km car  

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 Are electric vehicles with their currently limited range suitable for one of life’s more iconic events – the road trip? Mercedes-Benz thinks so. The German car maker used this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to lift the veil on a vehicle capable of tackling distances much longer... 

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The Vision EQXX

Peugeot introduces its first hydrogen fuel-cell commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     6th January 2022 Peugeot’s e-Expert Hydrogen fuel-cell van has entered production. With this, the French vehicle maker says it has become “one of the very first manufacturers to offer, in addition to its combustion and battery-electric versions, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered version in the commercial vehicle... 

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The Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen

Chip execs say there’s no short-term fix for supply shortage

By: Bloomberg     6th January 2022 For chip buyers ranging from computer gamers to automakers, there’s no near-term fix on the way for shortages that have caused higher prices and production delays, semiconductor executives said. Nvidia Corp., which makes chips that are the basis of graphics cards selling for thousands of dollars... 

Submissions for uYilo’s Kickstart Fund 2022 now open

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the Kickstart Fund 2022 for submissions. uYilo was established in 2013 as a multistakeholder, collaborative programme focused on enabling, facilitating and mobilising electromobility (e-mobility) in South Africa.  

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And the new iX makes it three…

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 Starting from a cool R1.65-million, it is now possible to own BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) third fully electric vehicle available in the country – the new iX sports activity vehicle (SAV), adding to the i3 and electric Mini Cooper SE already on the market. The price includes a... 

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The new BMW iX

Toyota to launch 30 electric Toyota, Lexus models by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd January 2022 Toyota says it will launch 30 Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030, including the new Toyota bZ4X due for global release later this year. During his presentation, Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced that the Japanese car will expand its options for carbon-neutral vehicles... 

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Some of the BEVs Toyota will launch to 2030

AA, Global NCAP release latest #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results

By: Irma Venter     3rd January 2022 The Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA South Africa) have unveiled their newest round of #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results. The fresh round of testing, which looked at the Mazda 2 and the Nissan Almera, was supported by the FIA... 

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The Mazda 2 during the NCAP crash test

Ford Wildlife Foundation supports penguin rescue project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2021 The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) has extended its support to nonprofit the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds' (SANCCOB's) Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation project, in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. FWF is funded by the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and... 

SANCCOB's Penguin Rescue

Third-quarter Real Economy Bulletin shows auto, iron, platinum export weaknesses

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2021 While the sharp downturn in the latest gross domestic product (GDP) data is largely the result of the civil unrest in July, the third-quarter GDP data points to additional weaknesses in the economy, above all the sharp decline in automotive exports and plummeting prices of iron-ore and platinum,... 

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     14th December 2021 While it expects hydrogen to be a major disruptor for the mobility ecosystem, the nascent maturity of the technology means that it will only “really see a meaningful impact” in decarbonising the transportation system towards the end of the decade, says Fitch Solutions principal autos analyst... 

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions

2023 cleaner fuels introduction plan gets thumbs up

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the Clean Fuels... 

South Africa urged to move quickly to capitalise on battery storage value chain opportunities 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th December 2021 An ongoing study funded by the World Bank under the guiding leadership of mineral research organisation Mintek has found that there are considerable opportunities for South Africa in the battery storage value chain. The country, however, needs to move quickly to capitalise on these opportunities... 

A parking space for EV charging

Afine lists on JSE as petrol service station Reit

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 Afine Investments, which holds a portfolio of income generating immovable properties focused on the petroleum sector in South Africa, plans to list as a real estate investment trust (Reit) on the JSE on December 9.   The company was founded by Peter Todd, with strategic input from Mike Watters –... 

Volkswagen includes South African in group of best apprentices

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employee Zintle Mvana has been named one of the best apprentices in the global Volkswagen Group. This is an honour bestowed each year to only a handful of the German car maker’s top young talent across the world.  

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Zintle Mvana

VWSA to introduce ID.4 EV test fleet in SA next year

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the next step in its electric mobility strategy, which kicked off in 2020 with the launch of an electric-Golf test fleet.  The e-Golfs were used for research purposes and testing by motoring media, as well as Volkswagen dealers, in an effort to gain... 

VWSA still passenger-car leader, to launch new Amarok and small SUV next year

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 In a year that has been heavily impacted on by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a global shortage of semiconductor chips, Volkswagen has remained South Africa’s best-selling passenger car brand for the first ten months of 2021. “In October, the Volkswagen brand (including Volkswagen Commercial... 

New Ranger to spark big rise in production and exports from Ford’s Silverton plant

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 Ford South Africa (SA) is on schedule with its R15.8-billion expansion programme to significantly boost its exports from the Silverton plant in Pretoria as from next year, says Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill. Ford SA will produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up at the Tshwane... 

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Ford announces R600m investment in South African engine plant 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd December 2021 Automotive company Ford Motor Company on December 2 announced an investment of R600-million into its Struandale engine plant, in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth). This investment will support the launch of a new 3 litre V6 turbodiesel engine, as well as upgrades to the existing assembly line... 

Ford's Struandale engine plant
Ford's Struandale engine plant

EV industry must work closer with lithium suppliers, executives say

By: Reuters     2nd December 2021 Automakers must work closer with lithium producers to guarantee supply of specialized types of the white metal that boost an electric vehicle's range and performance, Albemarle Corp and Livent Corp executives told the Reuters Next conference https://reutersevents.com/events/next on Wednesday. As... 

Tesla’s SA partner raising renewable energy’s profile in SA 

1st December 2021 US automotive manufacturer Tesla’s South African partner, Rubicon Group brought the first Tesla Model X Performance Edition all-electric sports utility vehicle into the country to raise renewable energy’s profile in the country. Simone Liedtke, who saw a demonstration of the vehicle, tells us more. 

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Tesla’s SA partner raising renewable energy’s profile in SA

Mahindra adds refrigeration unit to its line-up of specialist bakkies

By: Irma Venter     29th November 2021 Mahindra has added a refrigeration unit to its line-up of specialist bakkies, which includes the Pik Up Ambulance, the Pik Up Mining Specification bakkie and the Pik Up Game Viewer.  All these models, which have been developed locally, are assembled with the assistance of Mahindra’s facility in... 

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The Pik Up refrigeration unit

Team appointed to study feasibility of rolling out green transport in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has appointed Gauteng Transport Authority head Jack van der Merwe to lead a team to investigate the possibility of rolling out green transport, including electric vehicles (EVs), within the structures of the provincial... 

DTIC to submit EV policy to Cabinet before year-end – Mlota

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) should present a refined new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy to Cabinet before the end of the year, says DTIC automotives chief director Mkhululi Mlota. The DTIC in May issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in... 

Chery re-enters South Africa with new Tiggo, million-km warranty

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2021 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Chery is officially back in South Africa. The local arm of the group this week launched the Tiggo 4 Pro, with a choice of four derivatives, two petrol engines and three transmissions.  

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The new Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

Auto industry welcomes the introduction of cleaner fuels in 2023 – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) earlier this year gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the... 

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Ford unveils the brand-new, set to be made-in-South Africa Ranger bakkie  

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2021 The new Ranger bakkie – or the new Ranger midsize truck, as it is known in the US – finally broke cover on Wednesday. Production of the pickup is set to start at Ford South Africa’s Silverton plant in Pretoria next year for the local market, as well as for more than 100 export markets. 

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